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Managing Projects with Project & Portfolio Management Tools

The growing complexity of managing projects has increased resources requisition from diverse locations for execution of tasks with specific deadlines and budget limitations. This has inevitably increased the probabilities of slipped deadlines, cost over runs and most alarmingly the adverse implication of returns on investment. A solution to the complex issue of the tri-fold integrated management of resources, activities and time is the streamlining and organization of projects by digital project management software tools.

Project and portfolio management (PPM) software has become a collaborative tool for ensuring everyone is on the same page with risk mitigation measures and delivery dates complying with deadlines. The scope of project management planning, monitoring and configuration of tools includes milestone tracking of resource and task as well as cost management. The ability to formulate and plan different if-scenarios enables resource and budget optimization and early pre-emptive risk mitigation measures for delivering winning projects.

Microsoft’s Project Portfolio Management positioned as a product leader in the industry, includes Microsoft Project on premise and as a cloud subscription through Office 365. The app integrated with SharePoint Server provides a feature-rich collaborative information platform.

Benefits of Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management

PPM Made Easy

The simplicity of the tools from the front-end interface, built-in templates, scheduling tools and information accessibility from multitude devices for all project team members sustains high project productivity on the go. PPM is available on Windows, iOS and Android devices. The extension to portfolio-level enables a wider scope of concurrency at enterprise level.

Centralized Scheduling, Resourcing and Problem Solving

The centralized base of project information such as scheduling and resourcing enables faster and more effective problem solving resolutions. The speed in accurate and comprehensive information retrieval facilitates increases the robustness of problem solving processes and resolutions.

Economic Benefits

Office 365 PPM available as a cloud-based SaaS offering makes infrastructure and software upgrade costs reduced considerably. The additional synergies with Office 365 products and integration with SharePoint and Power Bi enhances information sharing and analysis on a consolidated Microsoft-powered platform.


The core value of project management practices and technologies is an ability to track easily things like resource allocation, current status of works, upcoming deadlines both on upper level and in-depth.

Desiloeing of Software Development

By linking Microsoft Server with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, development project productivity can increase with a reduction in IT development costs. The common software and project management tool can improve coding standards and capacity planning with a reduction in software tool support costs.


Microsoft Project Management On-Premises Vs Online

Project management on-premises comes in two desktop products - Project Standard with full set of features for keeping projects on track and Project Professional that adds portfolio management capabilities as well as collaboration functionality enabled by either on-premises Project Server software or Project Online.

Project management online consists of Project Online Essentials, Professional and Premium. Essentials is a team member add-on for customers that use Project Online Professional or Premium, a choice for those who only use a few functions in the project management software. Online Professionals is a cloud based desktop client and web browser and Online Premium is the complete project and portfolio management solution.

Although both online and on-premises solutions provide similar tools, cloud PPM is organically better in sharing and collaboration, available from various devices and easier in maintenance. In addition, Project Online allows installations of a maximum of 5 PCs, as opposed to the 1 for on-premises solution.

Softline Services for Project and Portfolio Management



Softline helps clients to choose the right project management solution for their needs, to plan deployment and to start ensuring the control of your projects with ease.




Having supported and helped clients in a wide range of industries, we possess the skill, talent and experience in delivering winning projects. On schedule deliveries, no cost over runs and meeting your goals.


Reasons for coming to Softline

·      Global IT company with the right expertise to serve all your intranet and web portal needs

·      Certified Microsoft Partner with 17 gold competencies

·      Financially strong with an estimated revenue of US800 million for 2015

·      Track record of providing services to 60,000 private and public organizations